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Volunteer Opportunities

Taking care of our corals is a little like gardening, but underwater.

We are always looking for ecologically minded volunteers to help our project, be it for a few days, weeks or a months long term internship. From cleaning corals in our garden, planting them in the restoration area of the Villa Blanca Reef, helping run research studies, to growing coral polyps in our aquariums, there is always something to be done! 

Because corals are so delicate, volunteers need to know how to control their buoyancy to avoid accidently knowing them over. And you will have to know how to safely interact with corals while cleaning and transplanting them, without touching them. You don't want to accidentally kill a polyp with bacteria from your skin, or accidently touch a fire coral and get stung!

Certified volunteers are welcome to help for as long a stint as they are available. As a small non-profit, all we ask is that they pay for their tanks ($5USD for 2-tanks) and the rental cost of any diving equipment that we cannot provide in-house.

To ensure this, we require our volunteers to be at least 14 years old and have both their PADI/SSI Open Water Diver and Coral Reef Conservation certifications. But if you don't have them don't worry! You can take these courses with us and then start volunteering once you’re fully trained:

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We also partner with various universities and graduate students who wish to conduct studies in our garden, or run research projects out of our lab.


For more information on how you can contribute as a marine biologist or student, feel free to contact us.

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"Working for German was a pleasure and eye opening for the climate crises facing our planet. German is a very inspiring person who fights with all his heart and every bit of his strength for the survival of the last corals. Volunteering for him has been one of the most impactful things in my entire life."

— Kerstin Rodler 

 "Not only is the project itself amazing but its inspiring meeting so many other like minded people from other cultures and exchanging ideas & experiences with them. It's important to educate other coral reef gardeners who will spread & share their knowledge throughout the world."

— Ellen Sophia Albe

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"As a marine biology student volunteering with this project was one of the best and most educational experiences in my life! Even if you're not into conservation, German is the best coral teacher you can find and will make you fall in love with this underwater world. If there's no coral reef there is no marine ecosystem. Every marine biologist needs to have an experience like this!"

— Maria Jose Tuz Kantun

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